posted on October 17, 2006 at 9:33 pm

over stimulation
cloudy sultry morning
sydney reluctantly gets out of bed
all the deals to be done
and the alliances made n broken
the cheapshots n matesrates
all the “she’ll be rights!” n no worries
the bonuses the quotas the downsizing
all those drugs to be delivered picked up n consumed
all the brothels n soup cafes
all the boozy lunches n wink winks
all the children in the schools
all the poor wretches in hospital
all the workers in steelworks n quarry
all the senior cits n bowling n bingo
all the lovers, fleeting meeting
the affairs the cheating the alimony to be paid
buildings to go up
buildings to come down
cars to fix
cars to steal
cars to get back
deposits n withdrawals
the surfers n skaters
the flower sellers n kiosk owners
the unfortunates in wheelchairs
the sick n infirm
the geniuses n the morons
hello goodbyes
one way
no turn
this time
next week
harbour views
grim suburbs
millionaires n strugglers
witches n wardrobes
used car salesmen n greasy music biz types
washed up yesterdays
hotshot tomorrows
cab drivers spouting philosophy
babies in kindy
parking inspectors swoop for the kill
the unseen spiders n lizards n bats
the bugs n the weeds revving up now its spring
the postman n their packages
the omissions n stains
the blocked drains

its gonna be another big day

27 Responses to “perfect mess”

  1. avatar
    veleska1970 | 17 October 2006 at 10:04 pm #

    you sure this is sydney??? sounds like any american city to me.

  2. avatar
    ben | 17 October 2006 at 10:10 pm #

    picked up electric warrior yesterday on vinyl and it has me listening closely. thanks for the tip, nothing much busier to think about thankfully

  3. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 17 October 2006 at 10:25 pm #

    You’re playing at the Spanish club on the 20th…so are you gonna try a few words? (palabras)

  4. avatar
    stealthblue | 17 October 2006 at 10:34 pm #

    Well, have a GREAT DAY, where ever the sun rises!! It is almost nighty night here in old Chicagoland, and it will be the same blissful chaos here again tomorrow. Be cool, people. Much love and respect to all. SK, have fun at your gig(s), wish I was there to enjoy.
    Ben V.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 October 2006 at 10:36 pm #

    You hit it right on – never seems to end especially the older I get…

    Came onto your blog a few months ago. Have gone back to the beginning to see where it all started – great read and can see how you’ve grown quite comfortable in this medium. I don’t do blogs but I sure like yours. Thanks.


  6. avatar
    ambnt1 | 17 October 2006 at 10:55 pm #


    You left out “the psychos in your driveway.”


    n.p. Slowdive, Live ’94 somewhere in Norway (viva la Space Rock)

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 October 2006 at 3:26 am #

    “the postman n their packages”..that reminds me, I should be getting my karmic hit delivery today, first Jack Frost album,…I can still hear echo’s of Friday nite at the Enmore, the spirit of Grant was in the air.

  8. avatar
    mattdavison | 18 October 2006 at 4:25 am #

    Just on yesterday’s I was in Chaple street and a guy goes nuts in the asian bargan shop telling everone, he’s gonna kill the guy in the shop. Lady with little baby near bye….We head for the door and get away as he yells the most incredible horrifics known to man…scared yes!!
    On freeway after droping off my gurl at Melby air port..5 am take wrong turn..
    on to on coming traffic..lost my way..little kiwi nearly got taken out..very emotional. Srange city now my lady has left..on my own I feel about twelve…I canne tell you people I am real far away from TRANQUILITY..
    SUE.. I WAS A WRECK ON SAT But love to meet ya sometime anywhere..
    Hi Paul and Dutch P…
    Paul call ya soon bud.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 October 2006 at 4:27 am #

    you forgot to add this one to the list sk.

    October 18, 2006 – 1:30PM

    Air safety authorities are investigating reports an 11 centimetre-long bolt fell off an aircraft and smashed through the roof of a Sydney home this morning.

  10. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 18 October 2006 at 5:00 am #

    Someone somewhere once said that all of this human activity comes as a result of our being unable (or unwilling) to sit quietly and be alone.

    I had lunch today sitting on a bench in a deserted sporting oval. It was so peaceful and quiet.It was the only sanctuary I could find in this busy world (well, the only one that I could readily access by foot and train & close to my next home care job). I sat back, enjoyed the birds, trees, grass, wind and sunshine. Then I wandered up the road, found an internet cafe, and typed this.

    SK, I was thinking about your RSI-like symptoms re typing. All I can suggest is maybe cut back to 2 or 3 blogs a week and see if that helps.

    It sounds it may be like an overuse type injury.

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 October 2006 at 6:10 am #

    Geez there all big days Steve.

    Your show on Saturday night was great – Hope you all felt welcome at St Kilda.

    You rocked on Block and Numbers and Grind and Ripple baybee.

    You were sublime on Saturation and Destination and Pure Chance.

    And you became immortal on Day 5.

    Your spirits gunna live on forever Steve – By the way are you gunna put on your tombstone???


  12. avatar
    kat | 18 October 2006 at 8:31 am #

    sounds like the ‘nati, minus the racism and river townish fools.


  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 October 2006 at 9:20 am #

    Dont worry Steve _It was always a nightmare descent into Sydney City -the way yuse’ nailed ‘Emerald haunt in overdrive’ in Bris and Reptile and Shadow Cabernet was worthy of a Len Evans review!-didnt go unnoticed!-lovely ‘ol tannins n hint of peach cumming off stage!-ure ol stuff is as good as ure new stuff-love one day bel air is THIS where u live… is still valid … if only ud rock us with that again n at the Tiv half way thru the soft version of Un GUar u could of hit us a bit of the elect -that wouldve flayed ’em!! -taken by surprise!-Luv-Just imagine if what Jesus said is true!-we’re in for a marvellous future-(in the purrfect reign)-Bee Keeper

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 October 2006 at 10:52 am #

    nice read – pip

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 October 2006 at 11:10 am #

    simply marvelous
    Oh my, and oh yes it is
    to the where and why
    emerald fly
    pass by
    like the whiz
    while vagrants often ponder and then start to preach
    bout frantic moments with quietness just out of reach
    the mind always slant perpendicular to the beach
    the lust or way worse
    the thirst of the leech
    just itchin and wishin
    cuz its nice to meet
    we greet yu
    the concrete steps
    vibrating right beneath yu
    it breathes all around
    pavement speaks and winks
    still dont make a sound
    Im glad to be here
    cuz I’m always around…
    universal magnetic
    you must respect it..

    escuche la
    la cuidad respirando
    escuche la

    jaime r…

  16. avatar
    eek | 18 October 2006 at 11:28 am #

    You have a way of capturing the very essence of things. Excellent.

  17. avatar
    lorrain | 18 October 2006 at 11:33 am #

    Hell Steven,
    have a great day of freedom, barefoot, like the madcap smells
    it is strange how philosophical lyrics about relationships ring true in every other song
    ah lyrics they always mattered to me, even words compensate the music, in the end
    best wishes and thanks for the agreement

  18. avatar
    lorrain | 18 October 2006 at 12:49 pm #

    Hello Steven,
    have a great day of freedom, barefoot, like the madcap smells
    it is strange how philosophical lyrics about relationships ring true in every songs, even question one
    ah lyrics they always mattered to me, even words and high deals compensate the music, in the end
    i catched flavours of napolitano tears in a paved dream too, as we strived to breathe in unison, hope someone will teach me how to sing like her. i cannot learn all by myself.
    best wishes Steve and thanks for coming back to life with such advices and wisdom about life’s cycles

  19. avatar
    John Garratt | 18 October 2006 at 1:38 pm #

    And to think, I almost didn’t get up today. At all.


  20. avatar
    davidcwelker | 18 October 2006 at 1:47 pm #

    its the circle of life, eh ? the life of spring, only to be engulfed by the death of fall with the purpose of bringing life again. its fall here in oHio, my fav season of change.

  21. avatar
    Andromeda7 | 18 October 2006 at 1:50 pm #

    strange days have tracked us down…

    know you hate advice blah blah but re the typing —

    ergonomically i was trained that –
    . you need to have support for yr typing arm so it’s on a level with yr desk, not sagging or hanging
    . you need to have yr arm and hand pointed straight ahead in front of you, not bent to one side
    . your hand needs to be in line with yr arm

    helped me

  22. avatar
    JJ | 18 October 2006 at 6:14 pm #

    “All in a day…written in Sanskrit”

  23. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 18 October 2006 at 7:36 pm #

    talk to me please…

  24. avatar
    lorrain | 18 October 2006 at 8:14 pm #

    hello sk n fiends
    against RSI due to damn computers, you just gotta listen to what your body tries to tell u. when i was a technical writer for an unscrupulous us co, i was confronted to that problem and did some research on ergonomy at work or whatever it is supposed to be.

    search for solutions, and exercize, it will soothe and satisfy. that is why we have to be strong 😀

    love to those with awful aches n more in numbers

  25. avatar
    Jab @ BZT | 18 October 2006 at 8:50 pm #

    I saw the line you wrote:

    “hello goodbyes”

    And it made me think about Tim Buckley. I know you like Jeff’s music and have written about it, but I don’t ever recall you writing about Tim. Could you? I’m interested in hearing what your thoughts on his music are.


  26. avatar
    12str | 18 October 2006 at 9:11 pm #

    in time…about time…this time…our time..the time beeing!
    your thoughts…
    all the peoples thoughts…
    our thoughts…
    my thoughts…!
    heading for a spin..



  27. avatar
    Girl About Town | 20 October 2006 at 6:02 am #

    I like the detail, the snapshots in your writing. And I love how you reflect the extraordinary in the ordinary. Great post!!!

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